Food and Drink Show showcases excellence

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by Edith Cody-Rice 

The Almonte Food and Drink Show returned for its third season at the Almonte & District Community Centre on Saturday September 16. Founded  by Emily Arbour, the show was   organized this year by her husband Brad Weir and his friend Ryan Guthrie. Ryan’s father Peter Guthrie staffed the ticket desk. 30 vendors from eastern Ontario were featured with their locally sourced products and the quality was excellent. A $20 ticket included 4 sample tickets which were presented at booths for tastings and visitors could purchase more sample tickets for 50 cents each. Certainly many people were back at that ticket table for refills. You could eat cheese paired with chocolate from Almonte’s Pêches et Poivres, taste sweet potato appetizers from North Market, sample excellent sausage srom Seed to Sausage, tipple samples of wine and generally munch and quaff your way around the room. An  Air Stream trailer converted to an innovative bar called Cellar 82 added panache to the event. The owner Kasey Boudreau found the trailer through Kijiji and renovated it into a travelling lounge which is available to rent for parties and other events

Brad West told that Millstone that this show gives small businesses an opportunity to showcase their products and to establish their brands, an important outlet in the crowded field of food purveyors.

Show organizers Ryan Guthrie and Brad Weir
Visitors sample North Market fare

 

Amanda Herrera displays her savoury sweet potato appetizer
Lise Ladouceur and Sandra Salmins of Almonte’s Pêches & Poivre display cheese samplings
Seed to Sausage butcher Greg Bedford displays his delicious sausages made of pork sourced from Hanover Farms.
Fruit First jams are sweetened with a combination of sugar and xylitol or with xylitol only if labelled as no sugar
Cellar 82
Kasey Boudreau in her renovated Airstream Cellar 82
Kathy Reside, founder of the Good Food Tour Company in Almonte displays Pêches & Poivre’s cheese and chocolate combo
Don of Don’s Meat Market and his staff are celebrating their 14th year in Almonte